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Tuition and Fees

Up-to-date information on graduate tuition and fees can be found on the UK Student Account Services website under "Graduate Students." Tuition for DNP and post Graduate Certificate students is assessed at Professional Practice Doctoral rates. For tuition and fee payment purposes, enrollment in nine credit hours constitutes full-time status during the fall or spring semesters for graduate students. Enrollment in less than nine credit hours constitutes part-time enrollment. Tuition and fees are subject to change.


Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing Training Program

The Occupational Environmental Health Nursing (OEHN) training program at UK's Central Appalachian Region Education and Research Center (CARERC) equips doctoral-prepared nurses to plan and conduct interdisciplinary occupational and environmental health-focused research or evidence-based programs in rural and Appalachian areas. 

Our DNP and PhD trainees study alongside other graduate students in occupational safety, industrial hygiene, occupational epidemiology, occupational athletic training, mining health and safety, and agricultural safety and health. A list of required courses can be found here

All OEHN trainees receive tuition support and/or stipends as well as travel support and are eligible for pilot study funding. For more information, contact Ellen Hahn, PhD, RN, FAAN or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Karen Butler. 


Teaching and Research Assistantships

The College of Nursing offers a limited number of graduate student assistantships for guided research and teaching experiences. Stipends range from $7,000 to $18,000 for the academic year. Ten to 20 hours of service per week are required. Applications are solicited during the spring each year for positions the following academic year.


Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)

This program allows schools of nursing to establish and operate a fund to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty. NFLP funds are awarded to the schools to make loans to students enrolled full or part time in an advanced degree program (master’s, Doctor of Philosophy, and Doctor of Nursing Practice). Students awarded NFLP funds must complete three college teaching courses in addition to the requirements for their degree program. Following graduation, NFLP borrowers receive up to 85 percent loan cancellation for completing an obligation to serve as regular full-time faculty in schools of nursing. Twenty percent is forgiven after each of three years of employment as a full-time faculty member at a school of nursing and 25 percent at the completion of the fourth year. Applications are taken on a first-come, first-served basis each year, dependent on available funding. The application form and additional information can be obtained from our Graduate Student Affairs Officer at


Financial Aid and Student Loans

Student loan information, contacts and process can be found on the UK Student Account services website

See our complete list of graduate scholarships.